Status of Office of Public Records Services

   The Office of Public Records (OPR) processes and fills orders
for both certified and uncertified copies of Patent and Trademark
Office documents and records assignments and other documents related to
title. This is an update of actual processing times during the month of
May 2001:

Document Services                       Goal            Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,           7 days          7 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,          17 days         15 days
Patent Related File Wrappers           25 days         45 days*
Patent Copies                          10 days          8 days
Patent Assignments                     10 days         10 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,        7 days          6 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,       17 days         10 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers        25 days         36 days*
Trademark Assignments                  10 days         13 days
Trademark Registrations, Expedited      5 days          6 days
Trademark Registrations, Regular       14 days         10 days

Uncertified Documents

Expedited Patent Copies                 1 day           2 days
Regular Patent Copies                   5 days          4 days
Plant Patents                           5 days          6 days
Patent Assignments                     10 days         11 days
Patent Related File Wrappers           25 days         21 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies              1 day           0 days**
Regular Trademark Copies                5 days          3 days
Trademark Assignments                  10 days          6 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers        25 days         35 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and
File Reconstruction.
**No orders were filled during the reporting month.

During the month of May 2001, a total of 18,600 public orders
(30,506 copies) were filled and closed, or 4,803 orders more (8,050
copies less) than the FY-01 planning number of 13,797 orders (38,556
copies) to be closed for this month.

Please do not submit "follow-up" or duplicate copies of
orders. Customers should use the above actual processing
time for each product as a guide as to when they can expect their
orders to be completed. In cases where an urgent deadline
is approaching, contact OPR Customer Service at (703) 308-9726 or
1(800) 972-6382 for assistance with a particular order.

Customers are encouraged to fax orders for copies directly to the
Document Services Division at (703) 308-9759 and to pay by PTO Deposit
Account, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Copy orders
also may be placed through the Internet by accessing the PTO home page
at and selecting the "Order Copies"
option. Information on the status of pending orders may be obtained by
calling (703) 308-9726 or 1 (800) 972-6382 (outside the Washington, DC
Metro area), or via E-mail:

Assignment Services

The Assignment Division is currently mailing recordation notices
for documents received in the Office of Public Records on March 29,
2001. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 63
calendar days.

June 6, 2001                                         PATRICK ROWE, Director
                                                   Office of Public Records